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Mike Nicol

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Customs and Excise tax

Okay, I know I’m lucky to have this problem but that doesn’t stop it being irritating and it must be a problem for many of us. It’s the problem of customs and excise tax on free author’s copies from foreign publishers.

Every time a small package of books arrives I get slapped with a surcharge. I beg and plead with the good officials not to tax me or to let me have just two and send the rest back but mostly it’s to no avail. They have regulations and they have to stick to them. I’ve now had it written into my contracts that I’m to be sent no more than two copies but customs is even demanding money on these nowadays.

Has anyone found a way round this problem? Do you pay up? Do you argue? Do you get the books sent back? Should we begin a #exciseonfreeauthorscopiesmustfall campaign?


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